In South Africa the police have recently authorised the destruction of a large quantity of alcohol, mainly beer, which had been confiscated from shebeens in the troubled township of Soweto, near Johannesburg.
CU Crates of beer being opened.
SV Man throwing crate of beer to colleague and bottles stacked up. (2 shots)
CU Beer being poured down drain. (3 SHOTS)
CU Police Chief Jan Visser talking to reporter. (2 SHOTS)
VISSER: "Most of the liquor was confiscated from shebeens locally and also from vehicles entering Soweto from outside, en route for the shebeens."
REPORTER: "You keep if for a while before it is destroyed?"
VISSER: "The liquor is kept for a period of three months before destruction, so that the owner may have an opportunity to appeal against the seizure of the liquor."
REPORTER: "What advantages do you think the destruction of this liquor would have?"
VISSER: "It keeps people sober and as you know anybody who is under the influence of liquor is an easy target for the criminal."
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Background: In South Africa the police have recently authorised the destruction of a large quantity of alcohol, mainly beer, which had been confiscated from shebeens in the troubled township of Soweto, near Johannesburg.
SYNOPSIS: Small neighbourhood drinking spots, Shebeen, are an established feature of black townships in South Africa. But according to the police it is illegal to sell alcohol without a permit. So when the authorities move in the beer is confiscated and after a time destroyed. Soweto police Chief Jan Visser explains.